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NSW Blues women’s halfback Rachael Pearson’s pub dream comes true

A lot of the concepts cooked up in pubs are useless by daybreak.

However when Rachael Pearson glanced up on the TV as she hobbled round a pub in southwest NSW promoting raffle tickets for a meat tray, she knew one thing needed to change.

Which is why her thought to maneuver nearly 700 kilometres kilometres from Hay and into her brother’s spare room in Wollongong, for the mere probability to grasp an NRLW dream, was one she refused to let go.

“I used to be again residence in Hay. I used to be taking part in league tag, teaching league tag. I used to be very snug residing regionally, nonetheless at residence, with a job I actually cherished,” Pearson mentioned.

“On the finish of 2017 I broke my foot, a Lisfranc harm. I used to be promoting raffle tickets in a pub for a meat tray, strolling round with my moon boot on. The TV was on. As it’s in a rustic pub, the footy is all the time on. I appeared up and thought ‘I need to play rugby league’.

“I noticed the 2017 World Cup on TV. I assumed ‘one thing has obtained to alter, I must problem myself and provides rugby league a go’. It was type of like ‘the place is the closest competitors?’

From pub to playing ... Rachael Pearson

From pub to taking part in … Rachael PearsonCredit score:Alex Ellinghausen

“My coach again in Hay requested if I wished to provide league a go and I used to be like ‘properly, yeah I do as a result of I’m 25 and I need to problem myself and push myself to see what I can do’. It just about took me 12 months to recuperate from that foot harm and to get again to the place I used to be.

“My brother and his accomplice had been residing in Wollongong. In January 2019, I moved to Wollongong.”

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